Rinisari (521266) writes "Since striking out on my own nearly a decade ago, I've been collecting bills and important documents in a briefcase and small filing box. Since buying a house more than a year ago, the amount of paper that I receive and need to keep has increased to deluge amounts and is overflowing what space I want to dedicate. I would like to scan everything, and only retain the papers for things that don't require the original copies. I'd archive the scans in my heavily backed up NAS. What free and/or open source software is out there that can handle this task of document management? Being able to scan to PDF and associate a date and series of labels to a document would be great, as well as some other metadata such as bill amount. My target OS is OSX, but Linux and Windows would be OK." top
Pro gamer fatal1ty says gamers learn "10 times mor
Rinisari writes "Nik Parenti from the Pittsburgh LAN Coalition interviewed professional gamer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Johnathan "fatal1ty" Wendel. In it, Wendel talks extensively about his video gaming background, how he got into professional gaming, and how he continues to be active in the e-sports scene. He also shares some advice to aspiring gamers: "The amount of information you'll gain at going to a LAN party compared to what you find out online is drastically different. I always said you'll learn ten times the amount of information by going to a LAN party than you will online, ever.... Get to LAN parties, you'll learn way more."" Link to Original Source top
Rinisari writes "Finally, the day has come. Adobe has released a prerelease version of the 64-bit Flash player. It is available at the Adobe Labs Flash Player 10 download site immediately.
Where are the Windows and Mac versions? "Release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering upon Adobes commitment to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default. Until this prerelease, use of 32-bit Flash Player on Linux has required the use of a plugin wrapper, which prevents full compatibility with 64-bit browsers. With this prelease, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions." Windows and Mac OS X 64-bit versions will follow, and the final versions all will be released simultaneously. Tamarin, the JIT compiler in Flash, is now capable of producing 64-bit code and nspluginwrapper is no longer required. There are, however, no plans to release a debugger version of the 64-bit plugin.
I've been following this for some time now at issue FP-37 at Adobe Bugs "AMD64 support needed in Linux."" Link to Original Source top
Rinisari writes "Creative Labs message boards user Daniel_K had been modifying the Vista driver to re-enable functionality which was apparently available on Windows XP but disabled for Vista. In a somewhat DMCA-like claim this past Friday, Phil O'Shaughnessy, VP Corporate Communications at Creative Labs, wrote a message on Creative's message boards asking using user Daniel_K "to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP." This created an immense outcry from folks who have paid a premium for Creative's X-Fi line of sound cards, which is "intentionally crippled" on Vista. Creative doesn't seem to care, though. "If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make." It appears that the modified drivers are still available, but will no longer be updated as per Creative's request." Link to Original Source top
Rinisari writes "February 4 is a significant day because it's the day before the February 5 Super Tuesday elections, when a large, large number of states will hold their primaries or caucuses. Recognizing that many voters have either never read the US Constitution or haven't read it in a very long time, I urge the people of the Internet to post the entirety of the US Constitution on their blogs, in their forums, and in any other public space to which they can post it. A brief statement of statement of intent, directions, and both HTML and BBcode versions of the Constitution are available at my blog post entitled, "Post the Constitution Day"." Link to Original Source top
Rinisari writes "I'm a senior computer science major at a small private school in Pennsylvania. I'd eventually like to teach high school computer science, but I'm unsure how to get there. I know grad school—or at least a secondary education certification program—is probably in my future, but I'd love to hear how other computer science teachers got into their position. I'm aware of the Business, Computer, and Information Technology secondary education certification in Pa., but I fear that certification would put me in a position to be teaching less-desirable classes like keyboarding or accounting. How did you get to be a computer science teacher?" top
I grow weary of the 2008 election political ads which adorn the pages of Slashdot nowadays. McCain seems to have a firm grasp on Slashdot's ad space, something which I'm sure is not purposeful on the part of the powers-that-be, but rather a well-targeted campaign from the McCain camp. This Jim Gerlach running for the PA 6th also has many ads, but the number of AZ senator's impressions simply dwarf that of Mr. Gerlach.
McCain's policies would do little more than hurt the average Slashdotter, so I question why the ancient senator would bother trying. Slashdot is decidedly libertarian in thought, even though its clientèle may vote Democrat or Republican most of the time. If my assessment is incorrect, then I would assume that Obama would have more of a chance of wooing Slashdotters--he's already gained support from the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Wil Wheaton, and Randall Munroe.
I would honestly like to see Bob Barr advertise on Slashdot, even if just to further spread the message of liberty and Constitutionalism.
Most people, at least Slashdot readers, have heard or read that Comcast is allegedly using some sort of packet shaping or packet inspection to "delay" BitTorrent seeding (uploading in BitTorrent parlance). Downloading works fine, but seeding is nearly impossible unless one enables encryption. I've seen this myself—I attempted to download Ubuntu 7.10 and let it seed last weekend while I was out of town for a wedding. After two days, I had completed the download, but I'd uploaded a mere 28 MB. There were more than 5,000 seeds, too.
Here's where it gets fishy. The day prior, I'd downloaded Ubuntu 7.10 on a Windows® box with uTorrent. It seeded just fine—uTorrent enables encryption by default. However, I used another computer to seed during the weekend, one running KTorrent on Kubuntu 7.04. Encryption was not enabled. I enabled it remotely (ssh tunnel to vnc), and suddenly, the seeding started. In the next two days before I returned, I'd seeded more than 2 GB.
So, this brings me to my actual question, or petition for assistance. How can I tell if Comcast is actively injecting RST packets as the AP and TorrentFreak have confirmed? How can I test this, other than by watching peers attempt to connect vainly?
I want to conduct the same tests so that I have the results for myself. There are three local newspapers in my area which service Comcast customers, and a well-written, data-backed letter to the editor might get enough people in a furor to actually call the local Comcast office and complain.
I have more or less decided on what I'm going to do for my undergrad capstone project: a router distro with a focus on LAN party software. It will act as a NATting router, DHCP, DNS, BitTorrent, IRC, DC++, and Web server, and possibly some others (XMPP, etc.).
Although I haven't decided what distro I'm going to use as a base, I'm leaning towards Linux From Scratch, more specifically Hardened Linux From Scratch. Hardened is more geared toward routers and other network-edge devices.
I'm also going to draw a lot of package ideas from DD-WRT. I've recently become involved in that project (some wiki maintenance and forum activity) and I'm slowly building toward being able to compile my own firmwares (still a long way off, though).
I should have a wiki up with more of my ideas within a couple of weeks. I'm really excited about this project.
Rinisari writes | more than 11 years ago
Well, this is the first of many/. journal entries for me, Rinisari, user 521266. My site, Colingrad, will be up shortly, once I find a quality provider. I'm nearing a year in my relationship with my beautiful girlfriend, Megan. She's a really good artist!